TSCRA Crime Watch: A correction, Limousin heifers stolen in Central Texas, and livestock trailer, portable panels taken in South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts, Dist. 16 in Central Texas, reports the March 23 theft of 7 red Limousin heifers from a property near Coleman in Coleman County. The heifers weigh an average of 600 pounds, each, have a crop in the right ear and a yellow numbered tag in the left ear. P2 is on the back of the eartag. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Roberts at 325-701-4667. TSCRA Special Ranger H.D. Brittain, Dist. 19 in southern Central Texas, reports the theft of 10 cow-calf pairs of black and black baldie cattle from a property in Comanche County. The cows have a “tilting S” brand on the left hip, with the S tilting toward the tail. They Read more…

USDA sets new climate change goals, asks ag producers to join in effort

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack presented the details of his agency’s new plan to partner with American farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to reduce carbon emissions and bolster carbon sequestration to achieve a combined 120 million metric tons of CO2 mitigation per year by 2025. Read mor at Agri-Pulse…

Cattle transitioning to wheat require acclimation period

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One scenario that producers may be faced with in cool-season stocker cattle production is whether or not to continue grazing with a set of cattle through graze-out or to sell these cattle and replace them with lighter calves. An observation that has been made when turning cattle out on lush wheat pastures is that a transition occurs in which cattle may only maintain or even lose weight for a period of time. This report from the Noble Foundation outlines how much time should be given to cattle switching to wheat. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, April 21, 2015

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In Texas, widespread 1-category improvements were made to the drought depiction after recent rain fell over many areas that needed it. Stream flows are improving in southern and south-central Texas, and there is continued reservoir improvement in the Dallas area. In the Panhandle region, some of the wheat crop is expected to be salvaged, but it is unlikely the crop will return to normal. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 30 head of cattle missing in the Texas Hill Country

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TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in South Texas, reports 30 head of cattle missing from a property in the Cedar Creek area of Bastrop County. The cross-bred cattle, all yearlings of assorted colors, and weighing approximately 900 to 950 pounds, each, went missing on March 14 and are believed to be estray. The cattle have a round-bottom W brand on the right hip* and a double under bit mark in the right ear. They will also have yellow tags in the left ear with the ranch name and phone number. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337. *This was previously reported as a running W brand on the left hip, which was in error. The brand is Read more…

Trade bill key to Pacific pact clears Senate panel

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Legislation to give the White House “fast track” authority to nail down a Pacific trade pact cleared its first hurdle in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as a committee backed the bill and sent it to the full Senate for consideration. Approved by the Senate Finance Committee on a 20 to 6 vote, the legislation would prohibit Congress from amending trade deals, instead allowing for just up-or-down votes. Read More at Drover’s CattleNetwork…

USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program announces shortage areas for 2015

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The USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) recently announced shortage areas for 2015. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) facilitated a Texas stakeholder working group to identify areas in need of rural vet practitioners. Eight multi-county areas in Texas have been designated as VMLRP shortage situations. This year there is an additional federally-designated shortage for a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) veterinarian in Canyon. Read more…

Texan named dean of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine

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Following a national search, Kansas State University has named Tammy Beckham as its next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug. 2. Beckham is currently the director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, or IIAD, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence in College Station, Texas. Since 2010, she has led the IIAD’s efforts to perform research and develop products to defend the nation from high-consequence foreign animal, emerging and zoonotic diseases. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Carnitas-style grilled beef tacos

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Steak strips get big south-of-the-border flavor from cilantro, onions and tomatillos. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in NE Oklahoma, Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Oklahoma, reports the April 16 theft of 4 head of cattle from a property near Stilwell in Adair County. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in Central Texas, also reports the recent theft of 15 head of cattle and calves, as well as a red cattle chute and gate, from a property near Barry in Navarro County. Read more…

Applicants sought for Family Land Heritage program honoring 100-year-old farms and ranches

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Family farmers and ranchers are invited to apply for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Family Land Heritage (FLH) program, which pays tribute to families who have kept their land in continuous agricultural production for at least 100 years. As TDA continues this proud tradition of honoring true Lone Star pioneers, Texas families are asked to submit their applications for recognition in the 2015 FLH registry by Friday, May 15. Read more…

Early management promotes healthy pasture

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The spring growing season is at hand. Therefore, it is time to develop management plans for our warm season pastures. Developing a pasture management plan now ensures the most optimal outcome for this growing season. Hugh Aljoe with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation provides a list of considerations pertaining to pasture management to assist in developing a management plan. Read more at noble.org…

Texas crop, weather, for April 22

Nearly all of Texas continued to receive rain, with accumulations of 10 to 15 inches in some areas. Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

More rainstorms swept over much of the state, leaving fields too soggy to work in many areas, but generally benefiting wheat, pastures and rangeland, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Planting of corn, cotton, rice, grain sorghum and soybeans continued to lag behind the five-year average. Planting of sunflowers, at 10 percent completed, was actually slightly ahead of the five-year average of 9 percent. Read more…

TSCRA Cattlemen's Column: Texas Water Shortage Spurs Legislative Concern

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Jay Evans, TSCRA director and chair of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee, talks drought, groundwater, legislation and how all three are putting pressure on the private property rights of ranchers across the state. Read more…

Cattle industry stakeholders invited to Fort Worth Stockyards development meeting

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North Texas cattle and livestock industry stakeholders are invited to a meeting in Fort Worth on April 22 concerning future development of the Fort Worth Stockyards cattle auction barn and support area. The Fort Worth Stockyards Design Overlay Task Force is holding an open meeting to analyze the amount of interest in, feasibility of and options for renovating the historic facilities to restore it’s use as a working livestock market. The Wednesday meeting will be at The River Ranch, 500 NE 23rd Street, Fort Worth, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Talking with CBB member Steven J. Mafrige about cattle and game in South Texas

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Chuck Jolley with Drover’s CattleNetwork talked with Cattlemen’s Beef Board and TSCRA director Steven J. Mafrige about running the historic Y-Bar Ranch and how both cattle and wildlife fit into the marketing of their South Texas operation.  Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Cattle of Feed estimates expected to continue downward trend

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According to the Daily Livestock Report, analysts polled ahead of the USDA monthly cattle on feed report expect March feedlot placements to once again decline compared to the previous year. As is often the case, there is a wide range of placement forecasts but they are all lower than last year and on average the ten analysts polled estimate a 4.4 percent decline in the number of cattle that went on feed. If they are correct, March was the sixth consecutive month of lower feedlot placements. Read the Daily Livestock Report for April 21, 2015… (PDF download)

TDA Market Recap, April 20, 2015

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For the week ending April 18, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with some prices fluctuating and ranging from $6 lower to $4 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly weak to $4 lower. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade gaining $1.28 to close at $257.79 per cwt and Select Grade rising $1.06 to $250.97 per cwt. Net export sales for April 3-9 were down three percent from the previous week. Export shipments were up six percent from the previous week. Read more…

TSCRA ranch gatherings this week in Del Rio, Cotulla and Kilgore

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TSCRA will be hosting ranch gatherings this week in Del Rio on Monday, April 20, in Cotulla on Tuesday, April 21, and in Kilgore on Thursday, April 23. All the events are free and a complimentary beef dinner will be served. Attendees will also be able to hear from guest speakers on issues important to cattle raisers and landowners. Click here for more information…

Show us your welds!

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The Cattleman magazine wants to showcase the work of skilled welders on ranches. Do you have a welded item on your ranch or property that is practical, useful, beautiful or all three? If so, please post your photos to TSCRA’s Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag us in the post. Also, please tell us who worked on the project and why it’s important to you. Please post your photos by Friday, April 24.